WWWW (William Weissbeck)

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Shockers end KU's season in Round of 32

No he was pounding something every chance he got. Unfortunately, he had that nervous look (not exuding confidence) that I first saw a the end of regulation in the Michigan Sweet 16 game when Self called a timeout I think before the 10 second call. That said, their guards were better than ours. If you recall, they out played the Harrisons last year until one started hitting 3's. Imagine these two with Ellis and Willy-Cauley Stein, all Kansas products. It blows the mind.

March 22, 2015 at 9:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate passes bill requiring university prospectuses

It's not a fair fight unless businesses publish their pay and current employees' credentials. Yes, when we were in school much of what we thought of the working world after graduation was obtained by word of mouth, parents, friends, urban myth, etc. We all sort of had to combine what we liked, what we thought was our calling and was realistic. Many who chose journalism at KU knew full well it would never pay well and would require jobs at a many backwoods papers. Pharmacy school graduates in the late 70;s only barely saw the on rushing world of the corporate chain store pharmacy that would greatly restrict the graduates' future pay. And who foresaw the collapse in the field of law where the pay closely parallels the inequality in the general population? A few lawyers at the largest firms representing the corporate clients earn outsized salaries; whereas the majority of attorneys whose practices rely on the middle class and small business legal needs, struggle to survive.

March 21, 2015 at 12:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate passes 'religious freedom' bill for campus student groups

Let's see if I get this right: tax dollars to pay for abortions = bad, but tax dollars to support an exclusive religious group or charter school = good. Who will be the first to form a chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood?

March 20, 2015 at 8:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate passes bill requiring university prospectuses

Nothing is done without an ulterior motive. The schools have to spend money they don't have. I didn't hear the legislature funding this separately. And now the schools are really being asked to do research that the legislature may use to justify cutting programs and reducing funding overall. If KU's School of Ed graduates earn no more on average than those at Emporia State, why should KU's professors be paid more or the school receive more?

March 20, 2015 at 8:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers move to change bargaining, civil service

If it's anything like real private industry, we will have well paid (political appointee) managers, and then a bunch of under paid, under educated underlings. I've joked that the truth in many private sector service industries (think hospitals and private schools) there is the well paid, educated director of whatever department, and then a bunch of high school grads (or well under paid liberal arts majors) pushing the paperwork. No way to move up because the business model only accounts for one director in each department. No one has argued that state workers are mostly overpaid. This is a naked way of lowering pay for many in order to pay more to the favored few that will owe their jobs to the politician, not to the people. Do we really want a private sector model where on any given Friday your job can be ended for any reason or no reason at all, simply because the boss wants to hire someone for less? Who is alleging any inefficiencies or a plague of lazy, uncaring state workers? The sad thing is that these guys believe this stuff. These are the same guys who hate and don't trust elected government, yet have no historical perspective as to why we have a civil service system. There was a who era of presidential elections fought over adopting civil service reforms to prevent patronage.

March 18, 2015 at 6:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Future champs?: Cyclone predicts ISU will end KU's streak

Unless KU gets a rim protector and/or if Niang doesn't turn pro, ISU will be the team to beat next year. ISU does what Duke does very well. Forces you to guard in space everyone of their players. A defensive presence in the lane prevents some of the potential damage.

March 15, 2015 at 5:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bill would prohibit public agencies and schools in Kansas from collecting union dues

Wrong. The employee who is not a member of the union is required to pay only their "fair share" dues, which CANNOT go to PACS. A member who objects to the political stances on the union can end their membership. This really is a voluntary organization, probably to even more voluntary than your "voluntary" United Way contribution.

March 13, 2015 at 11:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House advances GOP school funding plan

I wish the article had done a better job at explaining which districts will benefit and why. School funding is and has been a conundrum for decades. Urban and rural schools tended to be costlier to operate for some of the same reasons and some different. Suburban schools tended to require less, but often had access to much more "parent contributions." States have had to balance these differing needs without unduly shifting a disproportionate burden to local sales and property taxes on those districts least able to afford them. And also not to contort the system to the point that no one can tell whether the state actually increased or cut school funding. The LJW should have totaled up all the school districts and done the math so that the public can see what is really going on.

March 13, 2015 at 8:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New bill would end state’s Teacher of the Year Program

I hope your comments were primarily meant as sarcasm. There is almost zero chance that anything coming from this legislature could be termed "interesting," except as a left handed compliment. Some proposals might be termed odd and bizarre, but most are simply diabolical. Why not just pick an average citizen or parent of a school age child? Business leaders should not be put forth as experts on everything which seems to be the view of the GOP. Business leaders clearly no more about such things as climate control. Why don't we just save some money and appoint one as KU's new basketball coach. Everything can be solved by business efficiency.

March 13, 2015 at 8:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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